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The Hind Swaraj collection is a library of materials from India, with an emphasis on the works of Mahatma Gandhi. The collection is maintained by Carl Malamud of Public.Resource.Org.



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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-12-20 Previous Speech: 1947-12-19 Next Speech: 1947-12-23 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 222, Page 266 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, It is a matter of grief that there has been rioting again in Delhi. It has been of a minor nature, but still it is regrettable. If it is our wish that Muslims should leave India, we should say so clearly or the Government may declare that it...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-10-02 Previous Speech: 1947-10-01 Next Speech: 1947-10-03 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 89, No. 286, Page 273 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, A Sikh gentleman came to look me up today. He said that somebody had remarked to him that it was all right that I had narrated the words of Guru Arjun Dev, but what did I have to say about the changes made in those words by Guru Govind Singh?...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-10-29 Previous Speech: 1947-10-28 Next Speech: 1947-10-30 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 89, No. 428, Page 431 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, Today you have heard a very sweet bhajan. The person who sang that beautiful bhajan may not be known to all of you. His name is Dilip Kumar Roy. He has visited many places. Few persons in India possess the melodious voice he has. I would even...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1948-01-15 Previous Speech: 1948-01-14 Next Speech: 1948-01-16 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 400, Page 426 BROTHERS AND SISTERS,¹ This is a new experience for me. I have never so far had occasion to convey my word thus to the people. I cannot go to the prayer ground and my voice from here cannot reach you. Even so I thought that if you could hear my voice you would feel...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1948-01-02 Previous Speech: 1948-01-01 Next Speech: 1948-01-04 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 315, Page 345 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, Tomorrow we may have to hold the prayer meeting at the Wavell Canteen, where many refugees are living. I have been there once and I was asked then to hold the prayer meeting there, but I could not stay on. Today someone from the camp came and...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1948-01-29 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 479, Page 523 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, Of the many things I wish to tell you, I have chosen six for today, for I must finish in 15 minutes. I notice that we are beginning a little late, which is wrong. Sushila has gone to Bahawalpur, to see the refugees still stranded there. She has no other mission. Mr. Leslie Cross of the...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-11-12 Previous Speech: 1947-11-11 Next Speech: 1947-11-13 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 18, Page 18 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, Today is Diwali and I congratulate all of you on the occasion. It is a great day in the Hindu calendar. According to the Vikram Samvat, New Year begins tomorrow on Thursday¹. You must understand why Diwali is celebrated every year with...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-11-25 Previous Speech: 1947-11-23 Next Speech: 1947-11-26 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 96, Page 104 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, Today I want to tell you something about the refugees from Pakistan. But the difficulty is whether they should be called refugees. Some persons met me yesterday and asked me why I was referring to them as refugees. In a way they are right...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-10-10 Previous Speech: 1947-10-09 Next Speech: 1947-10-11 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 89, No. 316, Page 312 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, Today also I have received quite a few blankets. Some persons have even given some money. I have received a telegram from Baroda saying that they can send quite a few blankets from there. I think they have said that some 800 blankets are ready...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-12-25 Previous Speech: 1947-12-24 Next Speech: 1947-12-26 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 258, Page 297 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, You all know something of what is happening in Kashmir. But I want to draw your attention to a proposal about Kashmir. It is being said and also reported in the newspapers that we should invite someone to arbitrate between the Indian Union and...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1948-01-20 Previous Speech: 1948-01-18 Next Speech: 1948-01-21 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 428, Page 464 BROTHERS AND SISTERS,¹ The first thing I would say to you is that I hope that those who have signed the document have signed it with God as witness. There are still voices being raised in Calcutta expressing the fear that what has happened here may all be a show....
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-12-18 Previous Speech: 1947-12-17 Next Speech: 1947-12-19 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 210, Page 254 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, A correspondent writes to ask why I object to English being used, but not to Urdu. The Muslims and the English are the same to us since we are friends of all. The correspondent’s complaint arises out of ignorance. Not only do I not object to...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-11-16 Previous Speech: 1947-11-15 Next Speech: 1947-11-18 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 45, Page 49 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, It is indicated in the bhajan sung this evening that man’s highest endeavour lies in trying to find God. He cannot be found in the temples or in the places of worship created by man. Nor can He be found by observing fasts, etc. God can be found...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1948-01-13 Previous Speech: 1948-01-11 Next Speech: 1948-01-14 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 392, Page 413 BROTHERS AND SISTERS,¹ Today I may not finish my speech in 15 minutes as usual, as I have much to say. Today I have come to the prayer meeting because for the first twenty-four hours after beginning a fast the body does not feel it or should not feel it. I began...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-09-12 Previous Speech: 1947-08-27 Next Speech: 1947-09-13 Location: New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 89, No. 203, Page 73 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, The very first thing I want to tell you is that I have received disturbing news¹ from the Frontier Province. I am, of course deeply pained to hear it. I have spent considerable time in the Frontier Province. Badshah Khan was with me. I stayed with Dr. Khan...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-11-01 Previous Speech: 1947-10-31 Next Speech: 1947-11-02 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 89, No. 441, Page 451 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, Brajkishan tells me that the gentleman who protested yesterday is protesting today also. I like his protest and at the same time I do not like it. I like it because of its peaceful and dignified nature. If he disapproves of something, why...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-11-04 Previous Speech: 1947-11-02 Next Speech: 1947-11-05 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 89, No. 460, Page 471 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, Today only our old courteous friend has objected to the recitation from the Koran. Hence, I would discuss a pathetic letter from a Punjabi Hindu refugee. He has suffered a great deal in the Punjab. And he has objected to the recitation from the...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-05-11 Location: Sodepur Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 87, No. 410, Page 453 There was a mammoth gathering, representing all communities. Many had to turn away for want of space. Mahatma Gandhi said that he had the privilege of receiving Shaheed Sahib at Sodepur. He had wished to go to the latter’s house but he would not let him go to his place. He had no information to give on the interview save that he...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-06-05 Previous Speech: 1947-06-04 Next Speech: 1947-06-06 Location: New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 88, No. 55, Page 81 Announcing the death of the Buddhist scholar Shri Kosambi, Gandhiji said: Perhaps you have not heard his name, and so cannot feel grieved. Even otherwise we should not grieve over anyone’s death. But it is human nature to grieve over the death of one’s dear or revered ones. We...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-12-23 Previous Speech: 1947-12-20 Next Speech: 1947-12-24 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 248, Page 287 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, A friend suggests that since it is getting cold we should begin our prayer half an hour earlier, that is, at 5 p. m. I admit it is getting to be pretty cold. Though the days will be getting longer minute by minute from now on, for today it is...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-06-10 Previous Speech: 1947-06-08 Next Speech: 1947-06-11 Location: New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 88, No. 97, Page 123 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, Whatever I have said in connection with the decision of Bengal, I have not levelled allegations against any party. I have only repeated what I have heard. Who would not be happy if Bengal was spared partition and could remain one undivided whole? But I cannot...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-06-16 Previous Speech: 1947-06-14 Next Speech: 1947-06-17 Location: New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 88, No. 126, Page 162 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, This morning when I was observing silence, Shri Purushottamdas Tandon paid me a visit. I have told you how I was pained by Tandonji’s statement that every man and woman should carry arms. A correspondent had asked me how I, a votary of the Gita, could feel...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1948-01-01 Previous Speech: 1947-12-31 Next Speech: 1948-01-02 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 308, Page 339 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, Today is New Year’s Day according to the English calendar. I am happy to see such a large number of people gathered here. I regret that it took no less than 7 minutes for us to make room for the women to sit. Even one minute lost at such a...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-06-14 Previous Speech: 1947-06-13 Next Speech: 1947-06-16 Location: New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 88, No. 117, Page 151 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, I am very fond of this prayer of the Elephant King. The story of Gajendramoksha is part of our best literature. When the elephant, even with his immense strength, is helpless and sees that his own might cannot save him from being dragged down by the...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-05-14 Previous Speech: 1947-05-13 Next Speech: 1947-05-31 Location: Sodepur Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 87, No. 427, Page 470 Gandhiji said that he was leaving for Patna and then proceeding to Delhi, and hoped to return to Calcutta after his work in Delhi was finished. He had spent two hours in visiting the scenes of the recent disturbances in the company of the Chief Minister and could see that the...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-12-14 Previous Speech: 1947-12-13 Next Speech: 1947-12-17 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 193, Page 234 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, As I was coming to the prayer, I received a note saying that a Muslim friend of the writer had been forced to go away to Pakistan. The friend had left with the writer of the note some gold and silver bought with the earnings of his own labour....
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-12-03 Previous Speech: 1947-12-02 Next Speech: 1947-12-04 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 148, Page 167 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, I receive many visitors. I do not relate to you everything they say. I do let you know if something is important enough. Today I had some visitors. It appeared they had had some business with the Prime Minister. They said the Prime Minister had...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-11-14 Previous Speech: 1947-11-13 Next Speech: 1947-11-15 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 29, Page 32 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, When I was on fast¹ in the Aga Khan Palace which was turned into a jail to imprison me, Sarojini Devi², Mirabehn³ and Mahadevbhai⁴, this bhajan⁵ had captured me. Here I do not wish to go into the causes of the fast. I would like to mention...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-05-13 Previous Speech: 1947-05-11 Next Speech: 1947-05-14 Location: Sodepur Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 87, No. 423, Page 466 At today’s prayer meeting Gandhiji dealt with the questions that were put before him. The first was: What could we do to save ourselves and our culturewhether Hindu or Muslim? Gandhiji said that he thought that nobody else could protect their culture for them. They had to protect...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-10-08 Previous Speech: 1947-10-07 Next Speech: 1947-10-09 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 89, No. 313, Page 301 A gentleman often comes to see me. He is a good man. He was travelling from Dehra Dun. The train was quite crowded. At one station (I have forgotten the name) a man entered their compartment. All others in the compartment were Hindus and Sikhs, some carrying swords...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1948-01-21 Previous Speech: 1948-01-20 Next Speech: 1948-01-22 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 435, Page 472 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, First of all I must ask you to forgive me for being late by ten minutes. I am not well and so could not be punctual. Let me first deal with the bomb incident of yesterday. People have been sending me wires congratulating me and praising me. In...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-09-20 Previous Speech: 1947-09-17 Next Speech: 1947-09-23 Location: New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 89, No. 229, Page 208 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, You must pray to God and have faith in Him. Everyone is not convinced of this. People ask: ’Where is God?’ They ask why they should be in so much trouble if God exists. If the Muslims are in trouble, they question the truth of Allah and the Koran. A...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-11-05 Previous Speech: 1947-11-04 Next Speech: 1947-11-06 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 89, No. 465, Page 477 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, I do not intend saying anything today about the objection to the recitation from the Koran. I consider this a blessed moment for myself. There is one person who has objection, but he has now become our friend. He does object but very...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-12-06 Previous Speech: 1947-12-05 Next Speech: 1947-12-07 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 161, Page 187 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, You heard the bhajan and the Ramdhun sung by Subbulakshmi¹. She is new to Delhi. Usually she gives music recitals. One ought to lose oneself while singing bhajans and Ramdhun. Today you must have realized why people are so keen to hear her....
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-09-13 Previous Speech: 1947-09-12 Next Speech: 1947-09-17 Location: New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 89, No. 206, Page 179 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, Long ago, perhaps in 1915, when I came to Delhi I had met Hakim Saheb¹ and Dr. Ansari. I was told that Delhi was ruled not by the British but by Hakim Saheb. Dr. Ansari was an elderly man and a great surgeon and physician. He also knew Hakim Saheb and...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-11-02 Previous Speech: 1947-11-01 Next Speech: 1947-11-04 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 89, No. 444, Page 458 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, The interpretations of some critics of the Koran are not correct.¹ By reading the Koran I do not fall from Hinduism, rather, I rise high. It is my claim that I am in no way less of a Hindu than the greatest of Hindus, in India or outside,...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-10-14 Previous Speech: 1947-10-12 Next Speech: 1947-10-15 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 89, No. 329, Page 331 Yesterday¹ I made some remarks about the refugee camps which were missed in the English condensation. Let me extend them this evening as I attach great importance to them. Though we have our fairs, religious and other, and have our Congress sessions and...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-06-13 Previous Speech: 1947-06-12 Next Speech: 1947-06-14 Location: New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 88, No. 113, Page 144 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, When I was walking around in Noakhali I saw that people were very frightened. And frightened people cannot think of God. Then we had to pass through villages and find our way along narrow tracks round the fields—something which few men and women in...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-10-24 Previous Speech: 1947-10-23 Next Speech: 1947-10-25 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 89, No. 397, Page 399 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, Probably the news appeared in the newspapers four or five days ago that a labour conference is being held here which will be attended by many representatives from Asia. The conference will be held on the 27th of this month. The newspapers also...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-06-11 Previous Speech: 1947-06-10 Next Speech: 1947-06-12 Location: New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 88, No. 105, Page 132 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, Although I have spoken to you about the impending division of Bengal, nevertheless I wish to speak to you about it again a third time. I have just received a letter.¹ It is full of anger. As I have told you, anger is a kind of madness. The man who is a prey...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1948-01-23 Previous Speech: 1948-01-22 Next Speech: 1948-01-24 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 446, Page 484 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, I have many things to say today. I shall try to deal with as many as I can. Today is Subhas Babu’s birthday. I have told you I cannot remember anyone’s Birthday or death anniversary. Someone reminded me of Subhas Babu’s birthday. Subhas...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1948-01-27 Previous Speech: 1948-01-25 Next Speech: 1948-01-28 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 462, Page 507 Gandhiji began his post-prayer address by asking how many Muslims were present and expressed his disappointment when only one hand went up. The other day he had advised that each Hindu or Sikh should bring at least one Muslim friend along and he had expected they...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-12-04 Previous Speech: 1947-12-03 Next Speech: 1947-12-05 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 153, Page 175 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, I talked to you yesterday about Kathiawar. Today I have a telegram from Shamaldas. Yesterday I had a telegram from Dhebarbhai too. Both say that the news I have been receiving had been highly exaggerated. So far as they know no women had been...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-09-28 Previous Speech: 1947-09-26 Next Speech: 1947-10-01 Location: New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 89, No. 267, Page 253 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, Is there anybody in the meeting who is against the recitation from the Koran?¹ I shall respect your opposition, though I know that the rest of the people would be disappointed that the prayers will not take place.² With my unflinching faith in...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1948-01-22 Previous Speech: 1948-01-21 Next Speech: 1948-01-23 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 440, Page 477 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, By the grace of God, I am as you see slowly recovering my strength.¹ I hope very soon I shall be as strong as ever. But it is in the hands of God. A friend writes saying that Jawaharlal may spare a room or two in his large house for the...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-06-06 Previous Speech: 1947-06-05 Next Speech: 1947-06-07 Location: New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 88, No. 62, Page 90 I shall not waste time in reading out her long note.¹ I was under the impression that people had understood me by now. But I find that we are not so fortunate. Irreligion is being practised in the name of religion. But we shall have to put up with irreligion. If the lady tries to...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-11-11 Previous Speech: 1947-11-10 Next Speech: 1947-11-12 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 8, Page 6 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, I told you yesterday that the Provisional Government had entered the State of Junagadh at the request of its Prime Minister¹ and Deputy Prime Minister². I was surprised as well as happy to tell you this because I had not expected that the...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-06-01 Previous Speech: 1947-05-31 Next Speech: 1947-06-04 Location: New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 88, No. 34, Page 52 Today also a Brahmin objected to the recitation from the Koran, but the prayer continued. Two young men from the audience took him by the arms, made him sit down and tried to silence him. This created some disturbance in the meeting. When the police came in to take him away...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-08-27 Previous Speech: 1947-08-24 Next Speech: 1947-09-12 Location: Calcutta (Held on the grounds of Clive Jute Mills) Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 89, No. 118, Page 97 Gandhiji said that the present was his second visit to Motiaburz. The first was when Maulana Saheb Abul Kalam Azad and he visited them years ago because there was a fight between Hindu and Muslim workmen. Fortunately when they reached the...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-11-28 Previous Speech: 1947-11-27 Next Speech: 1947-11-29 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 114, Page 124 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, You know that today is Guru Nanak’s birthday. Someone had sent an invitation to me also but at that time I had told him that I should be excused. But today Baba Bachittar Singh came to me and insisted that I should go. He came to me at 10...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-10-30 Previous Speech: 1947-10-29 Next Speech: 1947-10-31 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 89, No. 432, Page 437 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, I was aware of what had been happening here. It pained me very much. Here I wish to make it clear that Birla Bhavan is the house of a private individual. Nothing unbecoming should happen here. Those who wish to come are welcome, but after...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1948-01-16 Previous Speech: 1948-01-15 Next Speech: 1948-01-17 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 404, Page 435 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, I had not hoped to be able to speak to you today. But you will be glad to know that today by God’s grace I feel my voice is stronger than it was yesterday. During all my previous fasts I never felt as strong as I am feeling today on the...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-09-26 Previous Speech: 1947-09-25 Next Speech: 1947-09-28 Location: New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 89, No. 262, Page 245 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, What is going on is not Sikhism, nor Islam nor Hinduism. We are somewhat familiar with each of these. Can any religion which indulges in unworthy things survive? Sikhism started with Guru Nanak. What did Guru Nanak teach? He said that God is known by several...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-10-16 Previous Speech: 1947-10-15 Next Speech: 1947-10-17 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 89, No. 340, Page 343 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, I have been forgetting to talk about Mysore. You must be aware of what has happened there. Sir Ramaswamy Mudaliar is the Dewan of Mysore. Mysore has joined the Indian Union. The people of that State are well educated. They have resorted to...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-05-31 Previous Speech: 1947-05-14 Next Speech: 1947-06-01 Location: New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 88, No. 28, Page 44 As Gandhiji came on the platform he asked the people to be quiet, telling them that during the prayer one’s eyes should be closed and one’s ears open. That man¹ wearing a hat like an Englishman is demanding that Jinnah should be arrested. Does he really want to arrest Jinnah?...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-10-26 Previous Speech: 1947-10-25 Next Speech: 1947-10-28 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 89, No. 403, Page 412 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, At the outset I would like to reply to a gentleman’s question. He says: “You say that it is not good to harbour feeling of revenge. But don’t your followers who are devotees of Rama excite the feeling of revenge by burning Ravana’s...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-06-12 Previous Speech: 1947-06-11 Next Speech: 1947-06-13 Location: New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 88, No. 108, Page 138 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, You see Khwaja Saheb¹ sitting to my right. I told you earlier how I once went to his house with Swami Satyadev. At that time Swami Satyadev would not even drink water offered by a Muslim. But Khwaja Saheb was not offended and warmly welcomed him. He was...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1948-01-28 Previous Speech: 1948-01-27 Next Speech: 1948-01-29 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 470, Page 515 Gandhiji said he had received a complaint from some friends in Bahawalpur that they had asked for an appointment with him but failed to get it. Gandhiji knew they were in distress and he would manage to find time for them if that would comfort them. He, however,...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-10-19 Previous Speech: 1947-10-18 Next Speech: 1947-10-21 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 89, No. 357, Page 363 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, You feel that if the prayer is started at 6 p. m. it gets quite late as the days are becoming short. Each day becomes shorter by two to three minutes and by December 23 the day becomes very short. As it gets dark quite early these days we shall...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-06-17 Previous Speech: 1947-06-16 Next Speech: 1947-06-18 Location: New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 88, No. 130, Page 167 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, I have no hand in choosing the bhajans that are sung these days. But often the bhajan that is sung fits the occasion. Today’s bhajan says that in the company of the good one forgets the notions of self and others and no one is an enemy or a stranger. This...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1948-01-17 Previous Speech: 1948-01-16 Next Speech: 1948-01-18 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 406, Page 438 BROTHERS AND SISTERS,¹ God’s mercy it is that on this fifth day of the fast I can speak a few words without feeling exhausted.² I have dictated the message for today which Sushilabehn will read out to you. Whatever you do words must be backed by your full mind...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-09-23 Previous Speech: 1947-09-20 Next Speech: 1947-09-24 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 89, No. 245, Page 223 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, It has been said that prayer is no ordinary thing. It is something noble. In the course of our lives we talk all kinds of things, we talk quite a bit in 24 hours, we commit crimes and run madly after money; so let us at least offer some prayer....
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1948-01-18 Previous Speech: 1948-01-17 Next Speech: 1948-01-20 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 413, Page 415 BROTHERS AND SISTERS,¹ I have dictated a short message for today which Sushila will read out to you. This is an auspicious day for me and it should be auspicious for you too. This is also the birthday of Guru Govind Singh. On this happy day I terminated the fast....
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-06-08 Previous Speech: 1947-06-07 Next Speech: 1947-06-10 Location: New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 88, No. 76, Page 108 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, Our peace during the prayer should not be disturbed even if bombs are showered from the sky and there is an upheaval. As the gopi hears the notes of the flute in the wilderness, the devotee of God hears the voice in the recesses of his own heart. It has been...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-11-06 Previous Speech: 1947-11-05 Next Speech: 1947-11-07 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 89, No. 475, Page 490 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, I know the name of the writer but I do not intend to reveal his name or the contents of what is written in those two extracts¹. I merely want to say that those articles have been written with the intention of serving Hinduism but they contain...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-06-18 Previous Speech: 1947-06-17 Next Speech: 1947-06-19 Location: New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 88, No. 137, Page 172 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, I spoke to you yesterday about a friend and his wife who were fasting on the road outside Valmiki Mandir. Today they have sent me a very respectful letter. But the letter does not show wisdom. They are young, I am old. If I say that I possess a little wisdom...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-12-19 Previous Speech: 1947-12-18 Next Speech: 1947-12-20 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 219, Page 262 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, Today I had to go to Gurgaon to see the Meos. The Meos there consist of refugees from Alwar and Bharatpur, besides those who are natives of the place. The East Punjab Premier Dr. Gopichand Bhargava accompanied me. He told the Meos that those of...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-11-26 Previous Speech: 1947-11-25 Next Speech: 1947-11-27 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 103, Page 111 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, A gentleman has written a letter to me. It is accompanied with a cutting from a Bombay newspaper. It is stated in that cutting that Gandhi is only carrying on propaganda for the Congress, but people are not interested in hearing it. If the...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-11-10 Previous Speech: 1947-11-08 Next Speech: 1947-11-11 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 89, No. 509, Page 516 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, If we too become servants of God alone like Mirabai, all our troubles would be over.¹ You would realize the significance of this after you have heard what I am going to say. You must have read about Junagadh in the newspapers.² I am satisfied...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-06-04 Previous Speech: 1947-06-01 Next Speech: 1947-06-05 Location: New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 88, No. 52, Page 73 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, You know that I am coming straight after meeting the Viceroy. Not that I had gone to get anything out of him. Nor had he called me in order to give me anything. Actually the talk between us was not even finished. But I excused myself saying to the Viceroy that...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-11-23 Previous Speech: 1947-11-22 Next Speech: 1947-11-25 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 81, Page 91 BROTHERS AND SISTERS,¹ Gandhiji apologized to the radio men for his occasional breach of the rule that his speech should not exceed twenty minutes, not even fifteen, if possible. He said that he could not always observe the rule for his main purpose was to reach the...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-10-25 Previous Speech: 1947-10-24 Next Speech: 1947-10-26 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 89, No. 401, Page 407 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, I was very happy when I received the invitation to hold the prayer before the prisoners of this jail and to address them in my usual manner, after the prayer. All the prisoners are probably not aware that I am myself an old-time prisoner right...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-12-11 Previous Speech: 1947-12-10 Next Speech: 1947-12-12 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 179, Page 211 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, A friend desires that the verses from the Koran we recite here should be explained. These verses are ancient. The Koran was composed by Mohammed Saheb—it was spoken by him, thirteen centuries ago. The extracts from it that we recite are...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-12-13 Previous Speech: 1947-12-12 Next Speech: 1947-12-14 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 90, No. 191, Page 231 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, Yesterday I told you that I was going to Harijan Nivas for doing some work there. The meetings of the Charkha Sangh and Talimi Sangh, etc., were being held there in which I had something to do. I shall speak to you about that. Today I would...
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Post Prayer Meeting Speech by Mahatma Gandhi Date: 1947-11-08 Previous Speech: 1947-11-07 Next Speech: 1947-11-10 Location: Birla Bhavan, New Delhi Annotation from Collected Works of Mahatma Gandhi CWMG, Volume 89, No. 490, Page 501 BROTHERS AND SISTERS, Will you fulfil the primary condition that you will not harbour any feeling of anger or revenge against the persons who are raising the objection and sit in silence and concentration till the end of the prayer?¹ I have received a letter from a...
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